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Alum Cave Trail Will Temporarily Close in February

News release from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:   The Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials will implement a temporary, weekday closure of Alum Cave Trail and parking lots during February. The area will be closed weekly Monday through Thursday from February 8th through February 25th. The trail will be fully open each week

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COVID- 19 Update: Mask Requirement Extended

UPDATE: Majority of businesses in Sevier County are open. The Sevier County Mask Mandate has been extended as of December 29th, 2020. Face mask coverings will be required in all indoor public and commercial  spaces through February 27th, 2021. For more information CLICK HERE Exceptions to the mandate: Within a residence or motor vehicle Ages

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Scenic Helicopter Tours Night Flights

You can now experience the magic of Winterfest from a one-of-a-kind point of view! Scenic Helicopter Tours will launch its Winterfest Night Flight tours in conjunction with Pigeon Forge’s Smoky Mountain Winterfest. This guided tour will fly you over the cities of Sevierville and Pigeon Forgeon your way to see the millions of twinkling lights

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6 Things To Do This Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and you may be thinking of the perfect family costume and some fun plans to go along with it! While planning the right look, be sure to plan the best place to be. You may be surprised to know that there’s some great things to do for Halloween in Sevierville,

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Tennessee’s Tax Free Weekend

It’s Tax Free in Tennessee! The best time to stock up on back to school items, styling your Fall wardrobe, and experiencing the best deals on electronics is this weekend only. NEW in 2020, a second tax free weekend is added! The state of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at

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Dollywood Announces Park Reopening | Latest Info

Announced Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020: Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country have officially announced their reopening date for Wednesday, June 17th. Exclusive Opening days for season passholders will be Monday June 15th & Tuesday June 16th. Dolly Parton gave hopeful words in an interview saying,”When the times right and we’re all confident that you and our team at

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What’s Open in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Sevierville

What’s Open in Pigeon Forge? As of January 1st, 2021: Businesses in the Great Smoky Mountain region are open. Face masks may be required at specific retailers. We recommend contacting the business directly for any questions regarding safety measures and updates. Businesses throughout Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville have reopened following extensive guidelines from the

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National Park Announces Reopening

May 6, 2020:  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Announced Phased Reopening May 9, 2020 CLICK HERE FOR MORE CURRENT INFORMATION   Hikers, scenic drive enthusiasts, and everyone ready to get back out into the great outdoors, get ready! President Trump announced in a press conference on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 that many national parks

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Enjoy These Attractions From Home!

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Experience the ocean life from your couch! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is offering so many virtual and educational activities and videos. From Pre- K to middle school, you’ll find coloring pages and activities to try at home! Be sure to check their schedule for different livestreams everyday. From feedings

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Essential Businesses and Services Open in Sevier County

As of July 1st: Businesses in the Great Smoky Mountain region are open. Face masks may be required at specific retailers. We recommend contacting the business directly for any questions regarding safety measures and updates. Updates on Businesses Reopening in the Smoky Mountain Region Pigeon Forge Plans to Reopen as Early as May 1st!  

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Cades Cove Will ReOpen February 29th!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Cades Cove will reopen on Saturday, February 29! This is after a two-month closure for tunnel repairs. The now completed $950,000 Bote Mountain Tunnel repair along Laurel Creek Road is ahead of schedule! This will allow the popular area to reopen in time for the first full

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National Park Sets Visitation Record of 12.5 Million!

 New Visitation Record in GSMNP Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed a record 12,547,743 visitors in 2019, which is 1,126,540 more visitors than in 2018. The park’s three primary entrances near Gatlinburg, Townsend, and Cherokee all had increased use, accounting for about two-thirds of the total park visitation. Secondary park entrances experienced tremendous growth, due

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